Lezley has been teaching Jazz, Lyrical, and Ballet for 32 years. She is currently the Director/Choreographer of Ignite Dance Co. She began her dance training with Jody Grant, and began teaching at the age of 16. Lezley danced professionally in Branson, Mo., but returned to her love of teaching after just a few years of performing. Her heart was always in the dance studio. Lezley has been a staff member at Destination Dance (in L.A), and Adrenaline Remix (nationwide). She judges for many regional and national competitions and enjoys teaching master classes and sharing her choreography nationwide. Lezley's choreography has received national awards and recognition. Many of her students have pursued successful careers in the industry as performers and instructors. Lezley also has 22 years (and counting!) of judging experience with many national competitions.
Isabelle began her training at The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet under the direction of Margarita de Saa of Ballet Nacional de Cuba. She attended numerous prestigious summer intensive programs around the country starting at age 13, and received scholarships to train in year-round programs at The Walnut Hill School in Boston, The Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C., and The Rock School. She danced professionally in the Brandywine Ballet as Corps de Ballet, then Soloist, and performed as a Guest Artist with The Pennsylvania Ballet and the former Wilmington Ballet while earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The University of Pennsylvania. During and after college she had the opportunity to teach and perform in companies, as well as independently in Gala performances alongside renowned Bolshoi and New York City Ballet dancers in Manhattan. She has been in Texas for the last 5 years since her move from NYC. She currently coaches pre-professional students privately in addition to teaching at several studios in the Texas area. Her students have gone on to receive contracts with professional ballet companies & training programs, perform on Broadway, and receive scholarships to college dance programs. She continues to perform with Ventana Ballet, Metamorphosis Dance Company, and The Dance Project.
MaKayla, also known as "KK", danced under Lezley Meyer's instruction for over 15 years. She started competing at the age of six. KK has experience teaching ages ranging from 18 months to 17 years old. She has earned many national titles with Ignite and went on to dance competitively at the collegiate level for McLennan Community College. KK won back-to-back national championships at NDA Nationals in Daytona during her freshman and sophomore years at MCC. She also spent time teaching at Ignite during her sophomore year. KK then moved to Disney World to work for The Mouse himself before finishing her education at Texas Tech University. While attending Texas Tech, KK taught many levels of dance at a local competitive dance studio in the Lubbock area. She has recently graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelor's of Science in Education and has moved back to the Waco area. KK loves watching her students grow and improve. She believes in instilling confidence and discipline in her students while building bonds that can last a lifetime.
Melana was born and raised in China Spring, Texas. She spent 15 years in studio dance before she started teaching. During high school Melana spent four years on the Electric Blues dance team where she was lieutenant her junior year and captain her senior year. She went on to dance at the collegiate level, where she helped the McLennan Community College Dance Company claim an NDA National title. Melana joined the Texas A&M Corpus Christi dance team while receiving a degree in education. She is currently a first grade teacher at China Spring Elementary and is the CSHS Electric Blues dance team director. She trains in all forms of dance but especially enjoys hip-hop and jazz.
Jo has been dancing since she was three years old and started teaching at age 15. She loves teaching all styles of dance, but enjoys sharing her passion for tap the most. Jo has taught at studios in the Waco and Hewitt areas, and has coached numerous drill teams. She started the Moody Dance Team at Moody High School in 2012, and currently directs the Lorena Legacy. In the Spring season, Jo judges for the HTE Dance Competitions all across Texas. When Jo isn't teaching dance, she is the Family and Consumer Science teacher at Lorena High School. Jo also loves traveling, going to concerts, baking, and spending time with her family and dogs. This will be her sixth year at Ignite. She loves getting to share her passion for dance with her students at Ignite.